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Toronto Comics Anthology Launches Kickstarter For Fourth Volume "Yonge At Heart"

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, March 01 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Toronto Comics Anthology Launches Kickstarter For Fourth Volume

Their latest contains 21 stories from 39 Greater Toronto Area creators.

Source: Kickstarter

After two successful crowdfunding campaigns, the Toronto Comics Anthology is launching a new Kickstarter for Volume 4, called "Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart". This 210-page book features 21 new stories set in and about Toronto, all created by local comic writers and artists.

The Kickstarter campaign will launch March 1, 2017, and run for the rest of the month. Funds raised will go toward printing and shipping costs as well as paying the anthology's contributors.

The editors, Steven Andrews, Aaron Feldman, and Allison O'Toole, brought together a team of 39 local artist and writers.  Both the first two crowdfunding campaigns vastly exceeded their goals, proving that Toronto audiences are hungry for stories starring the city they love.

The first two volumes were both nominated for Gene Day Award for excellence in Self-Publishing. Volume 4 features a foreword by Jeff Lemire ("Essex County", "Moon Knight") and a new cover by Adam Gorham ("Rocket!", "The Violent"). The book will be debuting at TCAF on May 13-14, 2017.


A few short interviews with creators Derrick Chow, Shawn Daley, and Steven Andrews, along with sample pages from the anthology, are below.


Derrick Chow

TO: What's so great about dumb old Toronto anyway?

DC: At the risk of sounding hokey: diversity makes this city great. It's awesome living in a place so rich with people from all over the world. It's like being stationed on Deep Space Nine, but with considerably less extraterrestrial intrigue.

TO: To you, what makes you proud to call Toronto home?

DC: I'm proud of how many astoundingly creative people live in this city. Gallery openings, indie rock jams, comic book festivals: at these places, I'm constantly meeting talented folks who inspire me.

TO: What aspect of Toronto culture are you trying to show to those unfamiliar with the city?

DC: My story 'Break and Enter' is a romance set in Toronto's gay 'village'. I want readers to get a sense of how exciting, sexy, and sometimes frustrating it is to be young and gay in this city.

TO: Poutine, what's up with that?

DC: Come with me to a poutinerie after a night of hard drinking, and you'll understand.


Shawn Daley

TO: What's so great about dumb old Toronto anyway?

SD: Well you're right about the "old" part. Toronto has been around for over 200 years, which is pretty neat. We have a thirteen mile path under the city that you can use instead of the sidewalk, we have the third most valuable NHL team despite not winning a cup in fifty years, and Joe Shuster once said that Metropolis was visually inspired by Toronto. So all that is pretty great! Also our coat of arms has a beaver on it. Also the beaver is wearing a necklace.

TO: To you, what makes you proud to call Toronto home?

SD: Two things. The first thing is the people. From my experiences living in different neighbourhoods around the city, tolerance and acceptance are the backbone of Toronto communities. There are an abundance of differing nationalities, religions, cultures, and ethnicities, which means there are countless opportunities to learn more about the rest of the world. And that brings me to the second thing: the food! We have over 8,000 restaurants. It's amazing, being able to taste authentic homemade cuisine from just about anywhere on the planet, all from a table in a little restaurant in the city. We've also got the St. Lawrence Market, which National Geographic ranked the worlds best food market. And if there had to be a third thing, it would be the necklace beaver.

TO: What aspect of Toronto culture are you trying to show to those unfamiliar with the city?

SD: The story I drew for the previous Toronto Comics anthology was about a time travelling squirrel, so I suppose I'd like to showcase to those unfamiliar with Toronto that we may have time travelling squirrels. However, the story for I'm drawing for Toronto Comics Volume 4 was written by Stephanie Cooke, and it's based on her early family settling in Toronto from a war-torn European country. From my perspective, the story showcases Toronto's diversity and acceptance, and it's a reminder that love isn't bound by nationality or language.

TO: Poutine, what's up with that?

SD: Everything! Think of the best thing you've ever eaten. Now replace it with fries covered in gravy and topped off with cheese curds. Pretty good, right? Then there are the deluxe poutines: bacon, pulled pork, chicken fajita, cheeseburger... the possibilities are endless. I'll have to do a poutine story if I'm fortunate enough to make it to volume five...


Steven Andrews

TO: What's so great about dumb old Toronto anyway?

SA: First, our modern police force exists because our firefighters lost a fistfight with circus clowns. At a brothel.

Second, it's a city with an enormous community of comics creators, all encouraging each other. It's a city with Francis Manapul, Jeff Lemire, Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Jim Zub, and dozens of other super-talented names shaping the industry. The indie comics community here is thriving, with new books, zines and webcomics bursting out everyday. We have the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, aka the best indie comics convention in North America, acting as a creative lodestone for writers and artists from all over the world. Some of the most interesting comics in the world are coming out of our tiny city.

TO: To you, what makes you proud to call Toronto home?

SA: I'm an immigrant who's never stayed in a city for more than a few years. But I find that TO has an unmatched energy and enthusiasm for culture. Sure, we have our share of ennui-obsessed hipsters, but by gosh they're committed to it.

Of all the cities I've lived in, this is the first place that's felt like a home. In Toronto, it doesn't matter were you're from; if you're willing to love your neighbour, you're welcome here.

TO: What aspect of Toronto culture are you trying to show to those unfamiliar with the city?

SA: My story is about the lonely Minotaur that guards Honest Ed's, an iconic outlet store in TO. It was in Scott Pilgrim, and it's on our cover - it's such a cheerfully garish building that you can't help but love it. It's being torn down this year for another condo development, and the loss of that place has really touched folks. The story is about the Minotaur pursuing and bonding with a pair of shoplifters, but it's also about how we anchor our memories around the sights we grew up with.

TO: Poutine, what's up with that?

SA: Poutine's about choice! At Smokes, Poutineville, etc., they always have a mix-in menu. If you want sweet potato fries, waffle fries, chorizo, corndogs, six kinds of bacon, all smothered in gravy thick enough to drown a man, we got you covered. Freedom to injure your arteries anyway you choose.

Poutine's kind of like Canada - you can add in pretty much anything you like in there, and it just keeps gets better. Although uh, daily poutine will kill you, unlike Canada, which has free health care.



Yonge At Heart cover


Signal Problems by David Namisato


No Hit Wonder by Dino Caruso, Meagan Moynagh, and Meaghan Carter


Housing Challenge by Holmes and Brenna Baines


Clown Brothel Riot by Miike Something and Michael Tuck


Argonauts by Phil McClorey, Xan Grey, and Matthew Tavares


Trespass by Rodrigo Bravo and Allison OToole


Home and Country by Stephanie Cooke and Shawn Daley


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